“You may delay, but time will not.” ~Benjamin Franklin
Time versus Procrastination is you against time. You cannot stop time but that does not give you the reason to stop yourself. You can slow down and you should but if that becomes a habit, then you are in trouble because coming out of a habit is much more difficult than building it.
Reasons for Procrastination:
Procrastination is not laziness. While it is one of the reasons that lead to procrastination, it’s not to be faulted entirely.
Firstly, the inability to prioritize. Most of us like to do things spontaneously and the others who plan things just want to do everything in a day. For both the categories, they struggle to decide which task is of utmost importance to them and should be done first. Our mind feels excited and accomplished when we complete tasks, so what we do is line up meaningless-unimportant tasks. However, we fail to realize that by the time we are done accomplishing those silly tasks, our mind is high on satisfaction and then we don’t feel like we are missing out when we don’t complete a few tasks (even if they are important). Secondly, your emotional health. Your emotional health is important for you to be productive. People tend to work better when they’re excited or happy. When you are happy with yourself, in a sense that you are confident in yourself, your skills and in what you are doing, then you will be equally active because you feel like you have so much to do. Thirdly, the lack of motivation. Parents seem to encourage this business-like attitude with their children where they get rewarded for everything they do, much like trading. Every time I cleaned my room, my mom would give me money or any kind of reward. Soon, I started looking forward to it. However, there were instances when she didn’t promise me any kind of reward and I noticed that during those times I would slow down or won’t do it entirely simply because I didn’t have the motivation for it. This might seem like a very simple thing but in the long run, it’s like a leech stuck to our body; a habit we can’t seem to get rid of.
How to stop procrastination?
You can find thousands of videos, theories, and ideas to help you out online but none of them will work for you if you are not willing to work for it, or at the least try. Move within 5 seconds. The book 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins has a 5-second rule which acts as an anchor to those who can’t help but procrastinate. It explains how you have to physically act on an idea within 5 seconds. Don’t give your mind more time than that otherwise your brain will just kill it and you don’t want that. When an idea strikes you or you feel like doing something then start counting 5 to 1 and start the task before it ends. By doing this you are stopping your brain from having a chance to kill your idea. Kill your distractions. Find out what are the things that stop you from accomplishing things. It could be a video game, an interesting video or the book that you were reading. When you decide to do something, first distance yourself from your distractions. However, you won’t be able to do it in a day, so do it step by step. You don’t have to suddenly stop it in one day and have withdrawal symptoms. Give yourself time to come out of it. Stop Sulking. Stop comparing yourself with others. Just because the other person is doing ten things at a time doesn’t mean you have to also. You accomplishing even one thing without delaying it is a success. Don’t pity yourself for the things you can’t do or don’t know how to do. Appreciate and reward yourself for the little accomplishments. While procrastinating is not something to be proud of, it’s also not something that you should be ashamed about. It is necessary to be lazy once in a while. What’s important is that you don’t make a lifestyle out of it.